This news means that the capital won’t see undergraduate students from the university back in the city until the beginning of the next academic year, September 2021.
All teaching and assessments for undergraduates will continue to be delivered in a digital format for the rest of the semester, with ‘a small number of exceptions’ for students in very specific degree programmes.
The decision to continue providing online teaching rather than moving to in-person or combined learning was taken following guidance from the Scottish Government to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
Professor Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal Students at the Edinburgh University, said: “The University has taken this difficult decision with the best of intentions – to assist the NHS and keep all of our communities safe at what is a time of national crisis.
"In taking this decision now, the University hopes to provide as much certainty as possible so that students can plan for the rest of the semester.”
A number of measures are being put in place to support the continuation of online learning, including a new Library service called Scan & Deliver enabling staff and students to request copies of printed materials, held by the Library, to be sent to them electronically.
For postgraduate taught students (PGT), the vast majority of learning and teaching will remain online until at least the end of February.
The university has said that it will review this position again at the start of February and will be in touch with PGT students at that stage.